The Christmas and the New Year celebrations are upon us, meaning lots of fun and laughter with friends and family. However, SWFRS is urging you to take extra care during your festive and New Year celebrations, as there are more accidental fires in South Wales in the lead up to and over the Christmas season than any other time of year.
In 2012 there were 760 accidental dwelling fires in South Wales, 70 of these occurred in December.
There is an ever increasing diversity in the communities of South Wales that has led to more celebrations and holidays where decorations and naked flames are used. Overloading of extension leads and block adaptors is common around these times to accommodate lights and extra equipment.
During the festive season, people will have decorations, use more electrical appliances, have more visitors and may be smoking and drinking alcohol at home.
So the message from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is to have fun this festive season but be aware of the risks, take extra care and Celebrate Safely.
Key festive fire safety points:
Celebrate Safely leaflet Accidental Fire Statistics Press and Media quotes
You can request further quotes and interviews via the Service Media and Communications Department call 01443 232000 (Except Public Holidays)
Tel: 01443 232000 Fax: 01443 232165
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